This weekend, check out the Loring Park art fest

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August 2, 2004 // UPDATED 2:49 pm - April 25, 2007
By: Hayley Tsukayama
Hayley Tsukayama

Now in its fifth year, the Loring Park Arts Festival, Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 7-8, highlights the work of 130 artists who have been selected for this annual juried, outdoor exposition in Loring Park, 1382 Willow St.

According to festival spokeswoman Kathleen Kvern, the festival plans to have "something for everyone," with a wide variety of artwork, performances and entertainment.

There will be a Family Art Tent Saturday, Aug. 7, provided in conjunction with the Edina Art Center. With recycled materials, families can make masks; they can also do face painting, or simply sit back and enjoy entertainment provided by Circus Juventas. There will also be artist demonstrations Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Also new this year is the Second Harvest Heartland nonperishable canned food sculpture. Throughout the festival, artists Henry Tally and Diana Hedges will, with the help of festival-goers, create a sculpture from thousands of cans of food.

While many of the cans are being provided through community partnerships, attendees are also encouraged to bring donations. Upon the festival's close, all food will be donated to the Second Harvest Heartland food bank.

Theater is also on this festival's menu. The Shakespeare in the Park players will perform "Measure for Measure" Saturday, Aug. 7, 3-4:30 p.m.

Finally, to help local art fans take in the city's many weekend art festivals, two Target Art Trolleys will provide free rides to the Powderhorn Park Festival in South Minneapolis or the Uptown Art Festival at the Lake Street & Hennepin Avenue intersection.

The festival runs Saturday, Aug. 7, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 8, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.